If there were any doubts about the stupidity of the Raiders’ decision to trade Khalil Mack, his performance against the Packers silenced all of them.
The first half of the Bears-Packers game has been an absolute disaster for Jon Gruden and the Raiders. His complete domination of the Green Bay offense has managed to make Oakland’s decision to trade Mack look even worse than it did when the deal first occurred.
Mack and the Bears defense have absolutely tormented the Packers for the first 30 minutes of game action. Even before Aaron Rodgers exited the game briefly with a leg injury, the Green Bay offense was struggling to move the ball with any sort of effectiveness.
Notching four sacks in a half will have that effect on an offense. Mack wasn’t the only Bears defender to enjoy an exemplary half, but he was the Chicago player whose star shone the brightest. Not only did Mack sack the quarterback once, he also picked DeShone Kizer off and cashed it in for a 27-yard touchdown. To say that Mack dominated the half would be an understatement.
Don’t expect any of that to change Gruden or Reggie McKenzie’s way of thinking. Undoubtedly, they are busy preparing for their game against the Rams on Monday night. Perhaps McKenzie is also looking at college tape of players he can take with one of the first round picks the Raiders received in exchange for their Pro Bowl defender.
Expect this sort of thing to continue to happen all season long. Mack is going to continue to play Pro Bowl-caliber football for the Bears for the foreseeable future. His arrival in Chicago might even be enough to secure a playoff berth for Matt Nagy and Co. If that happens, the Raiders are going to look even worse than they do now. It’s hard to imagine Gruden looking even more out of touch, but if Mack keeps playing this way things are going to get even worse for the egotistical coach.